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Swiss Library Network for Education and Research

Mission and tasks

The Swiss Library Network for Education and Research (SLiNER) represents all academic and scientific libraries (universities, universities of applied sciences and arts, universities of teacher education and other scientific libraries). As a broad-based expert committee that is complementary to other bodies and networks, in particular the "Open Science" programme, SLiNER is available to swissuniversities as a central contact for all questions and activities related to the topic of scientific information. SLiNER promotes networking and cooperation between experts in the field of scientific information and the scientific library system, bundles the international cooperation and draws up position papers and reports for the members of SLiNER and swissuniversities. SLiNER deploys working groups on individual topics (such as the Open Access working group) and supervises the Consortium of Swiss University Libraries in its capacity as the Board of Members.

SLiNER is made up of 43 academic libraries in Switzerland and was founded on 4 April 2019 as the follow-up committee to the Conference of Swiss University Libraries (KUB), the "Libraries" working group of the swissuniversities Chamber of Universities of Teacher Education and – after a transition period – the "Library" expert group of the Chamber of Universities of Applied Sciences and Arts.

The Board

  • Gabriela Lüthi, Director Hochschulbibliothek ZHAW (President),
  • Angélique Boschung, Director Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg (Vice-President),
  • Sonia Abun-Nasr, Director Universitätsbibliothek Bern,
  • Isabelle Eula, Director Scientific Information & Library Services, EPFL,
  • Wilfried Lochbühler, Deputy Director Universitätsbibliothek Zürich,
  • Florian Steffen, Head of Bibliotheken Berner Fachhochschule,
  • Sabine Wahrenberger, Head of Didaktisches Zentrum PH Schaffhausen,
  • August Scherer-Hug, Head of Medienverbund PH St. Gallen,

Departments and Mandates


  • Consortium: Wilfried Lochbühler, August Scherer-Hug
  • Open Access/Open Science: Sonia Abun-Nasr, Isabelle Eula
  • Contract Negotiations Big Deals: Wilfried Lochbühler
  • Open Educational Resources: Florian Steffen, Sabine Wahrenberger
  • Communications: Sabine Wahrenberger, Angélique Boschung
  • Relations with other institutions: Gabriela Lüthi (for Bibliosuisse), August Scherer-Hug
  • Planning workshops for the general meetings: Florian Steffen


  • Delegation Open Science: Sonia Abun-Nasr
  • Open Access Alliance: Isabelle Eula
  • Steering Committee of the consortium: Wilfried Lochbühler (president)
  • Sounding Board Service Providers of the ORD Strategy Council: Chiara Gabella (membre AKORD)
  • Membre of Foundation Council Switch: Jeannette Frey

Working groups


AKOA advises SLiNER and the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries on issues relating to Open Access. The working group is made up of representatives of SLiNER member libraries and regularly exchanges views on Open Access issues, draws up statements when necessary and also carries out joint projects.

Co-presidency of the AKOA:

  • Valérie Andres (Bibliothek FHNW)
  • Thomas Henkel (Bibliothèque cantonale et universitaire de Fribourg)


The mission of AKORD is to provide SLiNER with advice and support on issues related to Research Data Management (RDM) services in libraries. AKORD also ensures the link to the national and international RDM communities. Librarians who are responsible for research data services at their institutions are invited to subscribe to the AKORD mailing list at

Permanent members of AKORD:

  • Iris Lindenmann (Universitätsbibliothek Basel)
  • Gero Schreier (Universitätsbibliothek Bern)